Title: Sand and Ruin and Gold
Once upon a time . . . that’s how the old stories always begin.
Once upon a time there was a king of a fallen kingdom. He was just and he was beloved. Or so the numbers said. One day, he gathered together the greatest, wisest minds in all the land—not sorcerers, but scientists—and he bade them fashion him a son. A prince. A perfect prince to embody his father’s legacy.
The scientists each brought the prince a gift: beauty, strength, ambition, intellect, pride. But they must have forgotten something because when he saw the mermaids dance at the Cirque de la Mer, he ran away to join them.
For a year, he trained them, performed with them, thought he was happy. For a year he thought he was free. But then Nerites came: A merman who refused to be tamed. A captive from another kingdom. A beast in a glass cage.
The old stories always end with happy ever after. But this isn’t one of the old stories. This is a story of princes and monsters.
Author: Alexis Hall
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Glitterland, Glitterland Aftermath, Waiting for the Flood, For Real
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: Sept 22, 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy
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If you are jumping on this book for the same reasons I did (you’re looking for a romance where two men fall in love and have a happily ever after and you’ve read something from Alexis Hall where you were delivered exactly that) then back away right now.
In the event you are looking for something that is going to pull at all of the heartstrings of any hopeless romantic then go ahead and grab a copy of Sand and Ruin and Gold and allow Alexis to take you to a world very different than that which we live. This is a tale of a young man and his merman and a different kind of love.
This was definitely something different and unexpected yet still a very pleasurable read.